Leyla Acaroglu (A-jar-a-loo) is a sustainability strategist and leading proponent of systemic life cycle based sustainability. She has worked with business, government agencies and educational institutes around the world on a variety of innovative and forward thinking sustainability projects. She is a designer, social scientist, strategist and educator with specialist skills in life cycle thinking and behavior change strategies.
Her work has included the development of one of the first online life cycle assessment tools - 'Greenly', creative director of the award winning sustainability education project 'The Secret Life of Things', created the 'Design Play Cards' and in 2012 is an Artist in Residence with Autodesk.
She lectures at RMIT University and is currently undertaking her PhD in strategic sustainability in design, production and consumption.
Leyla has been named one of Melbourn'e Top 100 People of Influence (2010), was a regular judge on the ABC show The New Inventors, radio presenter, was a finalist in the City of Melbourne Awards for her contributions to Sustainability and has won several awards including two Melbourne Design Awards for her work. Leyla was invited as one of only 2 Australia's to give a main stage talk at the TED2013 conference in Longbeach California.
Leyla is available for speaking engagements. Please contact Eco Innovators here
Watch Leyla's TEDx Sydney Talk from 2012 here (2013 talk out soon)
"Creative force Leyla Acaroglu uses innovative design and systems thinking to create positive change".- TED.com
“Leyla is a formidable force, her passionate conviction and experience with both environmental science and product design and development give her a firm understanding of both the impact of product design on the environment and the solutions that can be applied to overcome them” – Jenny Lyon, Green Magazine
"Eco Innovators, is providing not only academics and students but also businesses with ways to embrace responsibility and sustainability in design" - Michael Short, The Age
“Leyla has an infectious ability and passion for seeing better ways of doing things and finding ways to do it. No challenge is too great for soultionary!" - Jason Kimberley, Founder, Cool Australia
"Leyla Acaroglu has become one of Australia’s most vocal eco-design advocates" - Dane Rule, The Age
"Leyla is an ambitious and dedicated person with a strong ethical compass, her work to date is evidence of her ability to achieve quality outcomes in every project that she takes on" - Trent Jansen, Award winning Designer
“Sustainability is chock full of highly passionate experts in the field, but very few have the ability to distill and communicate highly complex subjects in the way Leyla can - stripping away that complexity and presenting the details in the way anyone can comprehend and act upon.” - Al Dean, Editor Develop 3D
“Acaroglu doesn’t think socially responsible design should be driven by a moral imperative. Instead, sustainability is most powerful when thought of as ‘a parameter’ that fuels innovation” - Madeleine Hinchy, Powerhouse Museum